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by Poul Anderson

Sir Dominic Flandry, captain in Earth’s Imperial Naval Intelligence Corps, schemes and fights his way through a clutch of enemies, human and nonhuman.

Agent of the Terran Empire (1965), collects . Homeward and Beyond (1975).

Agent of the Terran Empire (1965), collects: "Tiger by the Tail" (1951). The Warriors From Nowhere (1954) The Golden Horn (1980) with Karen Anderson. The Road of the Sea Horse (1980) with Karen Anderson. The Best of Poul Anderson (1976). The Night Face & Other Stories (1979).

Sir Dominic Flandry, captain in Earth’s Imperial Naval Intelligence Corps, schemes and fights his way through a clutch of enemies, human and nonhuman. Agent of the Terran Empire. Sir Dominic Flandry, captain in Earth’s Imperial Naval Intelligence Corps, schemes and fights his way through a clutch of enemies, human and nonhuman.

Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital. Several of his novels were published posthumously.

Jul 14, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it. Shelves: science-fiction. I enjoyed all of the Flandry books. This book collects four adventures, three of which are very short, originally published in 1950's pulps. Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. "e;If it pleased Ruethen of the Long Hand to give a feast and ball at the Crystal Moon for his enemies. He knew they must come

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. He knew they must come. Pride of race had slipped from Terra, while the need to appear well-bred and sophisticated had waxed correspondingly. The fact that spaceships prowled and fought, fifty light-years beyond Antares, made it all the more impossible a gaucherie to refuse an invitation from the Mersian representative. Besides, one could feel delightfully wicked and ever so delicately in danger. e; It is the common fate of empires to grow old.

Poul Anderson is one of the grandmasters of Science Fiction - in the company of Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein. Winner of 7 Hugos, two Nebulas and the Gandalf Award. He was a former President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the father-in-law of current SF favourite, Greg Bear.

Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock

Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and was named a SFWA Grand Master. He collaborated regularly with wife, Karen, and their daughter is married to noted SF writer Greg Bear. Poul Anderson died in July 2001.

At the same time, these stories deal with more than wild battles, hairbreadth escapes, and escapades involving some of the galaxy’s most enticing young ladies. Beneath all the swashbuckling there is a view of history, as it has been and as it perhaps always will be. The wildest adventures seem to come at two different stages in the life of a civilization. First the adventures come when the civilization is fresh, vigorous, and aggressively expanding. But there is also the time when the civilization is old, when it wants nothing but to be left in peace.

Agent of the Terran Empire. Author: Poul Anderson. Publisher: Chilton Books, 1965. Parts of this book were published before 1965 as separate titles. 1. Tiger by the Tail (1951). 2. The Warriors from Nowhere (1954). 3. Honorable Enemies (1951). Flandry, here a captain, undergoes a series of adventures: He is abducted by the Scothians, an alien race hoping to invade the Terran Empire; rescues the Emperor’s kidnapped granddaughter; meets Aycharaych, his nemesis in league with the Merseians; and investigates a previously unencountered alien race that has invaded the distant colonial world of Vixen.

This is the Horatio Hornblower of science fiction! Great space opera, perfect for a beer and chips afternoon at the beach or whatnot.

Here, the Polesotechnic League has fallen (see Anderson's "Trader to the Stars," "Mirkheim," "Satan's World," "The Trouble Twisters," and several others) to be replaced by a decadent and corrupt Terran Empire, which rules millions of worlds in the Galaxy. It is opposed by all manner of villains, including the warlike Merseans. Everyone can see that the Terran Empire, like the Roman Empire before it, will oneday fall, and that this will be a bloody business costing billions of lives. This is the time in which Dominic Flandry, of the Imperial Terran Intelligence Service, finds himself. His purpose is to basically try to hold the Empire together, at least for his time. As he says, "what is the point of living in a decadent age if you don't know how to enjoy the decadence?" Great fun. Flandry is unforgettable, and these stories are enjoyable reads that are not in the least bit banal. This is excellent "hard" science fiction of the Space Opera genre.

Take my word for it: if you give this one a chance, the odds are excellent that you will become a fellow Flandry addict!
Dominick Flandry is a 30th Century Horatio Hornblower. This is space opera, plain and simple. But it is very very high quality and readable space opera, and Poul Anderson really does put some effort into speculating about what human society will evolve into, and what alien races will be like. These stories are entertainment. Flandry is extremely likable, and so are the Merseians, the alien bad guys. (They are more or less a cross between the Klingons (whom they predate) and an iguana.)
These short stories are meant to be fun and are that. This is not deep meaningful literature. More like what you'll want to read while drinking beer and eating chips. Hey, nothing wrong with that! What's not to like? If you can find it, buy it!
Another one of a great series
Agent of The Terran Empire (1965) collects the second group of stories in the Terran Empire era, featuring Dominic Flandry, a swashbuckling intersteller agent/diplomat who has a lot in common with Jaime Retief. The stories contained are: Tiger By The Tail (1951), The Warriors From Nowhere (1954), Honorable Enemies (1951), and Hunters Of The Sky Cave (1959). Hunters Of The Sky Cave was also published as A Handful Of Stars or We Claim These Stars.

In a burst of OCD, I decided to read the entire Terran Empire series in chronological order, and not start on it until I had copies of all of them. Depending on what editions can be found, there are 19 or 20 or so books covering the eras of: the Psychotechnic League; the Polesotechnic League; the Terran Empire; and the Long Night.

I think reading straight through the whole series was a mistake. It would have been all right a little at a time. It isn’t what one might call ‘fast paced’. Poul Anderson’s effusive descriptive imagery is like a combination of Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway – if they had been Vikings! Sometimes I did think I was reading a Norse epic saga set on another planet. I mean, his scene setting is incredible – you would easily be able to paint a portrait of each character, including the background down to individual bushes, trees, mountains, and clothes that they were wearing – but I found myself skimming at times.

And, of course, the style is uneven, since the series was written out of chronological order over 4 decades.

If you decide to commit to this author and this series, or just this book, I highly advise studying the Wikipedia entry on Poul Anderson first. There is much to like about Poul Anderson. (Your mileage may vary.)
Honestly, I'm not even sure I'm reading these in order. I had a handful of these, realized that Anderson wrote quite a bit more than I had and recently acquired the rest of the Flandry stories and the stories in the series that predate him. Hopefully reading it all as a piece will help me get some sense of the scope of it, which seems quite ambitious, the rise and decline of a human space empire from a ground level view. The Flandry stories seem to take place toward the tail-end of the empire, where everything is pretty swell and things are seemingly at their peak but there are signs that the rot is beginning to set in and the darkness is nibbling at the edges. And that alone makes these fairly distinct.

We met Flandry in the first volume as a new ensign just figuring out how to be awesome, and more or less succeeding. By the time we reach him here he's basically flowered into full-on awesome, a captain and their go-to spy for when situations need one person to improvise wildly and somehow still save the day against all impossible odds. Except it doesn't quite work that way. The politics get messy, Flandry's boss is clearly trying to kill him by giving him the most impossible missions ever and even when he does succeed, Flandry is all too aware that he's barely holding back the tide of darkness that's about to fall upon the whole empire, probably after he's dead. Which could always be the next mission, the way it goes.

There's four stories in this volume, all published at different times and probably not meant to be read in sequence. To that end they can be a bit disappointing, since there's really no character development of Flandry like we got in the sustained burst that was "Ensign Flandry" . . . here he's got his effectiveness down to a science and manages to make every situation work with a little pluck and elbow grease. Thus, a lot of the traits can seem like Anderson repeating himself, especially how Flandry always manages to find himself with a different girl in nearly every story, sometimes more than one if the mojo is working. There's no sense of him having to find himself or figure out skills that may become useful to him later, most of the time it's just a matter of him understanding the situation and figuring out which tools to use.

Yet all four stories work mostly because Flandry is so likeable. Men want to be him and women want to be with him (heck, in two stories the people who started out trying to kill him admit that they kind of dig him too). Most of the stories have the same general structure, the Terran Empire is attempting to either acquire some leverage or prevent the Mersians from having some influence with said alien civilization, and thus Flandry and whoever the local commander is wind up jockeying in a weird chess game that involves fist fights and dames but comes across as more intelligent than that, like reading Doc Smith's Lensman stories with most of the optimism removed. Like "Ensign Flandry", but far more pronounced here, there's a very real and deliberate sense that Anderson is thinking through the consequences of these politics, where winning doesn't necessarily mean beating the bad guy but being the one who gets the trade agreement, or makes the other civilization like us more, where most of the problems can be won by not making the Terrans look bad or finding out stuff the other guy knows without letting him know you know it, something that comes across as twice as hard as merely blowing everything up in sight. It lends a sense of realism to the stories, which would otherwise be basic juvenile science-fiction with fairly straightforward plots. By avoiding some of the over-the-top tendencies of the genre (death-traps, hysterics) he dials down some of the pulse-pounding action but manages to create situations where the conflicts aren't as simple as they appear (in one neat sequence, Flandry and crew have to worry about if the Jovians are working with the Mersians or doing their own thing, either to screw the Terrans or get in good with the Mersians, or just for the sheer heck of it because who understands aliens anyway).

But underneath it all is a surprisingly affecting melancholy. Unlike most of the other people alive, Flandry is all too aware that the darkest days of the empire are before them and it consumes most of his thoughts, giving him an extra drive beyond being generically good. He's working so that a future he probably won't see will last a little while longer, and in the interim distracts himself with food and drink and ladies, then rushes back in to try to avoid killing himself to make the light shine a little brighter. Or the light shines the same, it's the dark that recedes a tad. There's a brief speech in "Hunters of the Sky Cave" that accentuates this brilliantly, ending on a wonderfully evocative note that ". . . we shiver a bit and swear a bit and go back to playing with a few bright dead leaves". It's not quite the same as that great grey British sense of impending slow collapse that pervades most of their work (in each story, at least, there's hope, doom is far in the future), but it gives these tales that would be simple on the surface a bit more edge and a bit more depth than the average SF of the time. Not experimental by any means but recommended for anyone who wants a little more thoughtfulness with their tales of spaceships and derring-do.
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Poul Anderson
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